Arren Williams is the name, and I'm a stylist, editor and trend reporter. You'll catch my work regularly popping up in print in the likes of the National Post, House & Home and elsewhere. I'm also a guest expert on Citytv's CityLine, and you can occasionally find me on HGTV as well as on ABC 7 News in Chicago.

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Ask Arren > Kitchen Cabinets

Hi Arren,

I am in the planning stages of renovating my Hollywood style kitchen in my 60's bunglow. I want to keep the feel of the 60's, but with an current flare. What style cabinets would you recommend? I am thinking flat fronts?



December 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEdwina Doucet

Hi Edwina, Funny you should ask about a kitchen - Ours will be installed next week (fingers crossed,, lol), and definitely does have an updated 60's sensibility to it.

Best bet in my books would be to look at going with high-gloss white cabinets in a plain flat-fronted door style. Both Home Depot and Ikea have great options worth checking out - At Ikea look at the Abstrakt and Applad door style (have a look here at what's on offer and even start to plan everything out). At Home Depot check the Venicia by Kraftmaid line for a very hi-design Italian feel; both the Lustra and Mirra door style comes in gloss white (click here to see).

Your personailty and a mid-century feel can come through with choices for your countertop, backsplash and also handles. To go really old school with your counters Formica has a couple of laminate patterns worth looking at, like Boomerang and Virrvarr (click here to see, I love the Boomerang in Charcoal). And then Corian, available through Home Depot, and Staron, from Ikea, are solid surfaces that look fab in plain white for a modern kitchen.
For a thrifty choice for a mod backsplash stack matte white subway tiles vertically, or splurge on something swanky from the likes of Angela Adams from Ann Sacks (click on the Decorative Tiles button) or even handmade and slightly rustic from Heath Ceramics.
And then for funky hardware have a look at Rejuvenation for a great selection that's just a bit cooler than what stores normally offer (take a boo here).

Good luck!

January 2, 2009 | Registered CommenterArren